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When you think of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele[/lastfm], it is likely that you think about that big, soulful voice that is all over the radio singing “there’s a fire, starting in my heart.” We know you can’t get that song out of your head.

While you attempt this feat, here are 20 things that you may not know about the singer of “Chasing Pavements” and “Rolling In The Deep.”

Test your knowledge with these 20 fun facts about Adele!

When Was Adele Born?

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Adele’s family probably celebrated more than just the birth of their new addition to the family because Adele was born on May 5, 1988. Cinco de Mayo!!! PARTY! Adele is 23-years-old.

What Record Label is Adele Signed To?

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Thin is not always in: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele[/lastfm] broke records by becoming the first overweight artist signed to XL Recordings.

Does Adele Care About Body Image?

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“I love food and hate exercise. I don’t have time to work out. I don’t want to be on the cover of Playboy or Vogue. I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone or Q. I’m not a trend-setter. I’m a singer. I’d rather weigh a ton and make an amazing album than look like Nicole Richie and do a s**t album. My aim in life is to never be skinny.”

Guess, you’ll never hear about any eating disorders from Adele.  She is not in the biz for vanity reasons, as she is solely focused on her music. WORK, MAMA!

Why Are the Names of Her Albums Random Numbers?

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The names of her albums ’19’ and ’21’ aren’t random numbers, after all. The numbers represent the ages that she wrote the material for her first two albums.

Why Did Adele Cancel Her Tour in 2008?

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If you missed her on tour in 2008, you can blame Adele. Adele cancelled a 2008 US tour to be with a former boyfriend.  “I was drinking far too much and that was kind of the basis of my relationship with this boy. I couldn’t bear to be without him, so I was like, ‘Well, OK, I’ll just cancel my stuff then…”


Who Was Adele a Big Fan of Growing Up?

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Adele has said that the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Spice Girls[/lastfm] were a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music. Adele would always impersonate the Spice Girls at dinner parties as a young girl.

I know what being the family entertainment is like… it’s quite embarrassing now.

Who Was “Someone Like You” Written About?

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This heart-wrenching piano ballad was written about the 30-year-old man she dated for 18 months. She thought she was going to marry this guy, but shortly after the break-up she found out that he was about to marry some other girl and was devastated.  She said that writing this song was therapy for her and that it set her free.

What Was Adele’s Upbringing Like?

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Miss Adele didn’t have your typical family upbringing growing up.  Her parents split when she was 3 because her father was a raging alcoholic. He shut Adele out of her life and took to the bottle after her grandfather died in 1999. I’m sure the next time Adele sees her father, she’ll be singing “Look At Me, Now… I’m gettin’ PAPER!”

Does Adele Give Back to Charities?

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Not only is Adele a great musician, but she is a great freakin’ person.  In July 2008, Adele paid over $12,000 for a commissioned painting by Stella Vine in a charity auction in aid of Keep a Child Alive, a charity that helps African children and their families living with HIV/AIDS. *Snaps*

What Famous Artist Was Recently Influenced by Adele?

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My main girl, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm] has said that Adele is one of the influences for her fourth album, 4. No wonder the tempo has gone down so much from “I AM… SASHA FIERCE!”

No worries, B, I still LOVE IT!

Does Adele Like Being Compared to Other Female British Artists?

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She’s going to check a “No” in that box. Adele called the comparisons with other females lazy, stating that “we’re a gender, not a genre

How Good Goes Adele Have it Right Now?

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As of the end of June, Adele had sold over 2.5 million copies and 992,000 digital copies of 21 in the United States, making her the biggest selling artist of 2011 thus far. WORK!

What is An Adele Concert Like?

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Her audience at a May 2011 concert at the Beacon Theater in New York was described as a “varied blend as they shuffle to the exits—some are tearstained, some are whistling.” Guys, I am not a crier by any means, but if this is the case, LORD KNOWS I’d better get some Puffs PLUS before I attend an Adele show.

Check out some footage from her Live On Letterman appearance below!

Where Does Adele’s Unique, Raspy Voice Come From?

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Smoke 'em if ya got 'em!

Cover up the smoke detectors, folks: Her unique and heavily raspy voice can be explained by the fact that she is quite the chain smoker.

Is Adele a Drinker?

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When she was with that 30-year-old guy, she would drink TONS. Now, she has given up drinking at a very early age (20) after realizing she was drinking too much too soon in her life. Please bear in mind that you can drink at 18 in London. *Buys Plane Ticket*

Who Does Adele Enjoy Listening To?

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Homegirl has some really FANTASTIC taste in music! After moving to South London at age 16, she became interested in popular US artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aaliyah[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mary J. Blige[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Destiny’s Child[/lastfm]!  You wondered where she got those deep soul roots from? Now you know.

What Famous British Pop Superstars Did She Go to School With?

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Adele graduated from The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, in Croydon, in May of 2006. In her graduating class were future superstars, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Leona Lewis[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jessie J[/lastfm]! I wonder if they were friends…

How Did Adele Get Her Big Break?

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The power of social media: Adele recorded a three-song demo for a simple class project and then gave it to a friend.  Her friend then posts the demo on MySpace (back when it was cool to do that) and the success that it received led to a phone call from XL Recordings!

What Prompted the Slight Change in Sound for 21?

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While 19 was considered “blue-eyed soul,” 21 has a different sound due to her tour bus driver constantly playing country music while on tour. She says she had never grown up around that music, so it inspired the newer sound.

What Is 19 All About?

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Adele took a page out of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taylor Swift[/lastfm]’s book and wrote an album about the boy that did her wrong and she thoroughly enjoys the fact that her boyfriend gets to hear it everywhere.

If I were that boy, I would go into hiding!

So there you have it… 20 fun (and some not so fun) facts about the girl we just can’t seem to go ANYWHERE without hearing.


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